Desert Hill

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Desert Hill
Desert Hill map.png
Map of Desert Hill
Full name Desert Hill
Greater location Mushroom World
Inhabitants Toads, Humans
Capital Desert Hill Castle
Nearby Locations
Koopa Kingdom Grass Land Pipe Maze
Mushroom Kingdom Desert Hill Dark Land
Ocean Side Big Island

Desert Hill is one of the Kingdoms located in the Mushroom World, ruled by Desert Hill's King.[1] Much like the rest of the Mushroom World, it's typically a peaceful kingdom and has been a target of the Koopa Kingdom in the past.


A picture from Desert Hills, a racetrack in Desert Hill

Super Mario Bros 3.

Desert Hill was invaded by Bowser and the Koopa Troop during the events of Super Mario Bros. 3. Morton Koopa Jr. had been sent by Bowser to make mischief in the Kingdom as a part of Bowser's revenge plot after his defeat during the events of Super Mario Bros..[2] With a base of operations in his airship, Morton Koopa Jr. attacked Desert Hill on a stormy day and stole the King's Magic Wand, before transforming him into a Hoopster.[3] The Koopa Troop quickly took over much of Desert Hill. Mario and Luigi, at the behest of Princess Peach, set out to save Desert Hill after saving Grass Land and its inhabitants. After making their way to Desert Hill Castle, Mario & Luigi boarded the Airship and defeated Morton Koopa Jr., before returning the Megic Wand to the King. Desert Hill was the second kingdom of the Mushroom World that Mario explored; after finishing there, Mario moved on to Sea Side.[4]

Mario Kart DS

Much later, Mario and Luigi, along with their other opponents and many spectators, travelled to Desert Hill during part of the Mario Kart DS Grand Prix, where a racecourse built in a town called Desert Hills, served as the first course in the Flower Cup. During Mission Mode, the circuit was also used by Wario in Mission 2-6 and in mis[sion 4-4.

General Information


Desert Hill is a kingdom on the Mushroom Continent. It's a coastal kingdom, with the sea being open to the east of the country. It is located to the south of Grass Land and bordered to the west by the Mushroom Kingdom & Koopa Kingdom and to the south by Sea Side, with Dark Land lying in the ocean to the east. Desert Hill is part of the Mushroom World. Its landscape is very similar to that of Dry Dry Desert in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Distinguishing Features and Landmarks

Desert hills landscape includes various brick pyramids similar to Dry Dry Desert. There are also smaller pyramids made out of Bolted Blocks and Brick Blocks[5].There are also structures made out of small pink pipes[6]. Palm trees and cacti are the common flora of the area along with Hills of various sizes. There are few known Desert Hill settlements. Desert Hill Castle is the capital, as well as the home of the King. There are a few other scattered buildings too, such as the Toad Houses. There is also a town called Desert Hills that has a race course used for the Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii Grand Prix.


Desert Hill is shown to inhabited by Toads and their Human king. Desert Hill is also shown to be the home of various fire based spirits such as the Angry Sun and Fire Snakes. Goombas, Koopa Troopas and other members of the Koopa Troop were also seen in Desert Hill but it is unknown if they are residents or were just stationed there as a part of Bowser's takeover.


  1. Description on page 30 of Super Mario Bros. 3’s original manual, which refers to the areas in the Mushroom World as kingdoms. Retrieved April 18th, 2021
  2. Page 14 of the Super Mario All Stars Wii Manual. Retrieved April 18th, 2021
  3. [1] (World of Longplays) September 21st, 2012. Retrieved April 18th, 2021
  4. Description on page 30 of Super Mario Bros. 3’s original manual. Retrieved April 18th, 2021
  5. [2] (Typhlosion4Presiedent) June 21st 2016. Retrieved October 26th 2023
  6. [3] (Typhlosion4Presiedent) June 21st 2016. Retrieved October 26th 2023